DCI continues delay of 2021 tour announcement, ticketing information


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2 hours ago, hostrauser said:

Something I've been pondering: will we see any current World Class corps voluntarily move to Open Class for a season to reduce expenses and get back onto more stable financial footing?

no because the income at the Open Class level is pennies

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I went in person to vote last Friday.  I trust Illinois with a mail-in ballot like I trust gas station sushi. 

Yet if they don't send that email, folks will complain that the DCI office is not doing anything. They are literally in a lose/lose situation.   Z

PA is trending more than a thousand each day after averaging 500 or so few weeks ago *sigh* One of the reasons I requested a mail in ballot because I don’t know what next month will bring. Receiv

In the end, the decision of when, and how, to resume a normal DCI competitive season, will be determined by numbers perception.

My hope is the data reviewed is not only accurate, but clearly understood within context.

I continue to believe we will have a scaled-back 2021 season.

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On 10/8/2020 at 4:41 PM, mfrontz said:

From a direct e-mail:

'More than six months after we canceled the 2020 DCI Tour we are still facing the reality of the coronavirus pandemic. DCI leadership and the participating organizations have been in constant communication, meeting weekly to discuss, plan, and work through a myriad of challenges which are often compounding and changing on a daily basis. Since early in the onset of the pandemic, corps directors have split into a number of committees and subcommittees to strategize and plan for a number of different scenarios on topics ranging from health, wellness and safety, to corps housing, to required changes to longstanding logistical procedures.
 
As DCI continues to observe, research and learn about the fluid state of potential new policies and procedures at various venues in a number of states across the country, we are working diligently to ensure the safety of the corps, fans, and venue staff for all future events. In order to ensure ample time necessary for these safety protocols to be fully defined and executed, we will continue to delay a schedule announcement and ticketing information for the 2021 DCI Tour until a later date. This includes details on Super 3 and DCI Eastern Classic ticket packages and memberships in the exclusive Friends of DCI program.'

Instead of posting the email we all got, I'd ask for you to post what your thoughts are on this and/or what you expect them to do differently. Maybe also what you would do if you were put in the position of the DCI Office staff who are juggling a lot more plates than we probably realize.

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1 hour ago, Lead said:

Instead of posting the email we all got, I'd ask for you to post what your thoughts are on this and/or what you expect them to do differently. Maybe also what you would do if you were put in the position of the DCI Office staff who are juggling a lot more plates than we probably realize.

Not much enthusiasm! The C19 dynamics has had a substantial impact at all levels. Even with shameless begging for money, organizations are losing money everyday due to closure. Supporting BLM probably didn’t help with donations. Stir in the pageantry leeches who drive up the annual budgets, and sexual predators moving about the activity aimlessly, the damage is proving to be catastrophic. 

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Hmm. Hard to see how drum corps can return while a contagious disease is still being spread by the fundamental nature of the activity.  Could take awhile to vaccinate the entire country. Full swing back into DCI?  2023.

And yes, any DCI involvement with political matters would not be wise for the financial health and well being of the organization in my opinion. Staying apolitical is the best course.

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Just now, keystone3ply said:

Lastest email from DCI about the Fall meeting & a potential shortened 2021 "Bridge" Tour:

https://www.dci.org/news/fall-meeting-sharpens-focus-on-potential-for-shortened-2021-bridge-tour?utm_source=sfmc&utm_medium=email

Here's a copy of the article:

 

Fall meeting sharpens focus on potential for shortened 2021 “Bridge” Tour

by Drum Corps International

The annual fall meeting of Drum Corps International’s World Class directors was conducted virtually this year, with delegates from each of the 22 ensembles present, along with members of the DCI Board of Directors, representatives from DCI’s Open Class corps and guest presenters on a number of high-priority health, safety and member affairs issues.

The two-day event, which usually focuses on a wrap-up of “the year that was” and a look ahead to the specifics of the following season, was instead recast to calibrate efforts and share information regarding the numerous challenges inherent in planning and budgeting for a 2021 competitive season in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic and the aftermath of the canceled 2020 DCI Tour.

“Although the challenges are plentiful, we are continuing to be clear-eyed as we work through a planning process with multiple scenarios,” said Kathy Black, chair of the DCI Board of Directors. “Above all else, we will not compromise the safety of the performers, staff, judges, volunteers, fans or venue personnel. To that end, we are blessed to have the guidance and support of a growing number of remarkable professionals with vast experience in all manners of public health, as highly engaged volunteers in the Marching Music Health, Wellness & Safety Project. With their insights, resources and contacts, we are confident that we will continue to make informed decisions throughout the planning process.”

Meeting weekly throughout the summer, directors representing DCI’s participating ensembles have been organized into a number of standing and ad hoc committees, each charged with researching specific operational areas to determine feasibility for engaging in a successful, modified format for the summer of 2021.

The newly-formed Tour Reopening Task Force, with DCI board member David Glasgow as chair, has been empaneled as a subcommittee of the DCI Membership Affairs Committee to seek the establishment of operational guidelines that serves all duty of care considerations with regard to the health, wellness and safety of all who engage with the drum corps activity. The group is working in support of the desire expressed by DCI membership to produce a shortened summer tour in 2021 to serve as a “bridge” to returning to a customary full tour in 2022.

The task force will help identify, examine and establish proposed guidelines relative to COVID-19 which would require adoption by the participating organizations prior to engaging in a 2021 tour. Subject matter experts serving on the task force include career professionals such as: emergency medicine physician, nurse practitioner, athletic trainer, infectious disease expert recently retired from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, attorney, Open Class and World Class corps directors, corps logistics and program coordinators, DCI senior event management professional, risk management professional, and a licensed dietician/nutritionist certified chef/food production manager.

“We know that we have a lot of ground to cover, and we’re very fortunate to have such a stellar team of experienced professionals spanning many disciplines all working together to create a robust knowledge base,” said Glasgow. “Our goal is not to set policy, but rather, to provide the voting members with the highest possible level of information in order to make informed decisions which have far-reaching consequences.”

Corps representatives and DCI professional staff members realize that a 2021 tour will look quite different from any which have come before it. All are committed, however, to ensuring that any such endeavor is undertaken only if it is safe and feasible to do so.

“From use of hotels to changes in rehearsal scheduling to managing our personnel on the road, we know that the ‘Bridge Tour’ will be filled with challenges,” said Pacific Crest director Stuart Pompel who serves as chair of the voting membership. “We’re all cautiously optimistic about making something happen if it is deemed safe and practical to do so. We’re committed to working together to identify every opportunity that safely provides an exceptional experience for our performers – one which they have come to expect from the ensembles of Marching Music’s Major League – as we look forward to resuming some semblance of normalcy in time for the celebration of DCI’s 50th anniversary in 2022.”

 

 

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I hate to see what the end of this school year has for teachers if we are in the same mode we are in now. Will teachers (especially arts teachers) be laid off or let go because schools will not be able to pay teachers? Think of all the music teachers who teach corps!

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3 hours ago, KeithHall said:

I hate to see what the end of this school year has for teachers if we are in the same mode we are in now. Will teachers (especially arts teachers) be laid off or let go because schools will not be able to pay teachers? Think of all the music teachers who teach corps!

I could see this happening in smaller schools or where the Fine Arts Programs aren't held in "high esteem" as other communities.  In the South, communities seem to rally around their Fine Arts programs especially the Marching Band.  It's the "rural" programs with less monies that I worry about losing staff & programs.  That's why the money for state & city governments is important to help secure the funding of police, fire, educators, etc.  That's not a "Red" or "Blue" issue.  (See what I did?)  :whistle: :innocent:     

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